What to Eat When the Power Goes Out

February 13, 2014

When the power goes out, my kids tend to think it’s party time.  They like it because it means that we are definitely going to play some games, do some arts and crafts, and eat some food we don’t normally indulge in.

Of course we have back-up cooking methods for heating food when the electricity goes out, We became accustomed to it, since it happens with relative frequency, but in our old house in the city it wasn’t so easy.  Still, in the summer, we don’t want to fire up the woodstove and during a storm, we don’t want to stand outside in the rain cooking on the barbecue.  So, during a short term power outage, it makes life easier in many cases to eat things that don’t require much in the way of preparation.  We have specific preps for this situation that require no cooking.  It’s probably the only time we regularly consume food that hasn’t been made from scratch, so for the girls, it’s a bit of a treat.

I like to keep the refrigerator door closed so it depends on the expected length of the outage whether or not we take things from there.  If we do get items from the refrigerator, I plan it out so I can quickly grab all the things and then close the door again, to help maintain the temperature.

At our cabin, the pump goes out when the power goes out, so we have no running water.  (I rent so this is not something I can upgrade at this time.)  To circumvent a few difficulties, we stock up on disposable goods to use during power outages:

  • Styrofoam plates
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Baby wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Plastic cups

In our cupboard, most of the following items are the organic version.  Some exceptions are graham crackers and saltines, which can’t be found organic in our rural area.  (I avoid purchasing non-organic items that contain corn, even for the “Lights Out” stockpile, since nearly all corn grown in North America is genetically modified.)

  1. Graham crackers with natural peanut butter or almond butter
  2. Protein shakes – my favorite is Reserveage Organics (in chocolate, of course!)
  3. Saltines with peanut butter
  4. Fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas)
  5. Canned juice
  6. Trail mix (this is our favorite)
  7. Dry cereal
  8. Cereal with rehydrated milk
  9. Canned baked beans with ham
  10. Pretzels
  11. Nuts
  12.  Pudding cups
  13. Canned fruit
  14. Jerky (This one is organic)
  15. Pouches of pre-cooked and seasoned rice or quinoa
  16. Cookies
  17. Granola bars – we like Kind bars (my favorites is Dark Chocolate, Nuts, & Sea Salt)
  18. Crackers
  19. Dried Fruits: apricot, mango, banana, raisins, cranberries, pineapple, figs
  20. Sandwiches: Peanut butter and jelly, tuna, leftovers from the fridge before they spoil

Following are some “recipes” for power outage food.  Okay, “recipe” is a stretch – perhaps just some “tasty combinations”.  🙂

No-Power Nachos

Layer organic tortilla chips with canned cheese sauce, salsa, and canned jalepenos

‘Smores

Top graham crackers with chocolate-nut spread and marshmallow fluff

Wraps

Soft tortillas filled with canned meat, a touch of mustard or mayo, and veggies from the fridge

No-cook Soft Tacos

Soft tortillas with canned meat (we use our home canned chicken or taco meat for this), salsa, and canned cheese sauce

Main Dish Tuna Salad

Combine a can of tuna, a can of white beans, chopped onion, chopped peppers and chopped black olives (veggies are optional).  Top with Italian dressing mixed with dijon mustard to taste.

Pudding cones

Drain canned fruit of choice and stir it into vanilla pudding.  Serve in ice cream cones for a kid-friendly treat. (We do this with yogurt also.)

Mexican Bean Salad

Combine 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed; with 1 can of organic corn, drained.  For the dressing mix 1/2 jar of salsa; 1/2 tsp each of chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder; 3 tbsp of lemon juice.  Toss well.  Serve as a salad, in a soft tortilla or mixed with a pouch of pre-cooked rice.

Do you have any no-cook ideas for the stockpile?  Please share them in the comments section!

This article is an updated version of  one that was  originally published February 6, 2013.

Daisy Luther

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